All players are winners, but they also had the chance to select players that stood out a little bit extra through the tournament. The teams voted for the Dream Teams and MVP, Most Valuable Player, for both genders.
Four of eight nations made it to the 2021 NEVZA U17 Championship in Ikast, Denmark. The teams from Denmark, Faroe Island, Iceland and Norway played at an impressing high level after the long period without exchange and with closed borders.
Ikast, a small town in the middle of Jutland is mostly known for its fashion industry, with companies like BestSeller and DK Company. It is also known as a sports’ hub, with a leading men’s volleyball and women’s handball teams and the development centre and high schools for volleyball, handball and football among other sports.
On October 17th, the girls and boys from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway gathered in the students’ apartments at the sport centre for three days of competition. With all the facilities for food and lodging, a short walk to training and competition halls, and the special Danish “hygge” (conviviality), it gives the players and leaders best possible conditions.
The gathering in Ikast is not only for the under-age national teams. In parallel, two youth camps are run. The two camps are “Young Guns’ Camp”, addressing youth born 2006-07 and “Volleyball Kids and Teens”, for players born 2008 and later. The youngest are 10 years old. At present state it is only Danish participants, but discussions were made on the possibility to invite the other NEVZA members as well. It could then also include meetings for the coaches, to share their experiences and methodologies.
In the girls’ competition pool play, Norway and Denmark started of with rather easy victories against Faroe Islands and Iceland respectively. When they fought a tough battle, a tight five-set game and 18-16 win for Denmark, most people expected both teams to make it to the final. But Iceland had other plans, in the next match they beat Norway in straight set. Denmark had a really challenge against Faroe Islands, in another five-set game. Eventually, they managed to win the fifth set and thereby the pool. The bronze medal match started with a nail-biting set, before Norway decided with 29-27. After the loss, Faroe Islands lost their game and Norway could win comfortably. In the final, Iceland started of best. With heavy spikes from both outside and opponent spikers, they didn’t allow Denmark into the game. Denmark raised their level in the second set, taking an early lead. But Iceland came back and after that they dominated on the court.
The boys pool play started with a strong game from host Denmark, a level they kept all the way through the pool play. They lost only one set, against the second team Norway. It looked like Norway could challenge the hosts, but after the win in first set the Danes dominated in the following two sets. In the fourth set Norway had the lead but never manage to close it. Denmark came back and won 28-26. Other from this, Norway lost only one set to Faroe Islands. Faroe Islands impressed in the matches against Iceland, both in the pool and the bronze medal match. Denmark started the final in a furious tempo and never let Norway into the match. While both teams performed really well, with good reception and hard spikes on both sides, the determination of the hosts was impressing and Denmark is the new boys’ champion.
All the games were streamed on YouTube. For the finals, the spectator figures raised to over 200 in the arena and 300 behind the screens.
Medal matches and ranking, for all pole results see below.
Gold medal match: Iceland – Denmark 3 – 0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19)
Bronze medal match: Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (29-27, 25-8, 25-19)
- Faroe Islands
Gold medal match Denmark – Norway 3 – 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-18)
Bronze medal match Faroe Islands – Iceland 3- 0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-14)
- Faroe Islands
A great thanks to the Danish Volleyball Federation for an excellent organisation, led by the experienced Sven Brix. All participants look forward to come back next year, together with the teams that still couldn’t make it this year.
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Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-20)
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17)
Iceland – Faroe Islands 3 -1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 2 (13-25, 25-15, 16-25, 25-20, 18-16)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 2 (20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-10)
Iceland – Norway 3 – 0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-20)
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-13, 25-7, 25-14)
Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Faroe Islands – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-10)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 28-26)
Norway – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-14)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-10)
After two days with outstanding matches, the NEVZA U17 Volleyball teams are now ready for the medal matches. Host Denmark has managed to have both girls and boys fighting for the title.
11:00 Boys match for the bronze medal: Faroe Islands – Iceland
15:30 Boys match for the gold medal: Denmark – Norway
Match comments and pictures on Facebook. Follow the matches streamed on Youtube, search for Nevza U17 2021.
After almost two years without NEVZA tournaments for our youth national teams, we are excited to finally be back in Ikast, Denmark, where the U17 NEVZA Championship is taking place from October 18th-20th.
Over three days, U17 teams from Norway, Faroe Island, Iceland, and the host nation Denmark will compete in the U17 NEVZA Championship. The nations play round robin Monday and Tuesday, while the placement games will be played Wednesday.
All games will be streamed through YouTube: http://youtube.com/channel/UC5PZF5SAARlzgmjMj8s0Rag/live
Updates regarding the tournament can be found on the Facebook page NEVZA U17 Volleyball Championship
Tournament Schedule: NEVZA U17 (G=Girls, B=Boys)
18/10 09:00 NOR – FAR G
18/10 11:00 DEN – ISL G
18/10 13:00 DEN – ISL B
18/10 15:00 NOR – FAR B
18/10 17:00 ISL – FAR G
18/10 19:00 DEN – NOR G
19/10 09:00 FAR – ISL B
19/10 11:00 DEN – NOR B
19/10 13:00 DEN – FAR G
19/10 15:00 NOR – ISL G
19/10 17:00 NOR – ISL B
19/10 19:00 DEN – FAR B
20/10 09:00 G3 – G4 3. pl
20/10 11:00 B3 – B4 3. pl
20/10 13:30 G1 – G2 1. pl
20/10 15:30 B1 – B2 1. pl
The pandemic may still be there, but life start getting back in and between the NEVZA countries. A physical General Assembly was held in Katowice on September 17th and under-age volleyball tournaments will be arranged in October.
The NEVZA General Assembly 2021 was held in Katowice prior to the CEV Congress and the finals in EuroVolley Men. It was the first physical meeting for more than two years. All participating countries were very enthusiastic to come back after the pandemic. The meeting was presided by NEVZA President and CEV board member Lennart Neovius in pair with NEVZA General Secretary Jussi Jokinen.
CEV board members Eric Adler, DEN, and Michel Everaert, NED, were also participating in the meeting and contributed to the discussions. The upcoming events in the three disciplines was discussed, the two under-age volleyball starting this autumn. A special start-up deposit of 2,500 EUR was decided in order to encourage the members to participate in as many competitions as possible.
Lennart Neovius and Jussi Jokinen were re-elected for the coming two years.
After a long period with closed borders in the NEVZA countries, the first volleyball tournaments will now be played. First of all, four teams in age-group U17 boys and girls will compete in Ikast, Denmark. The host, Norway, Faroe Islands and Island will show their skills during three days, 18th-20th October.
Match schedule (G=girls, B=boys):
18/10 09:00 NOR – FAR G, 11:00 DEN – ISL G, 13:00 DEN – ISL B, 15:00 NOR – FAR B, 17:00 ISL – FAR G, 19:00 DEN – NOR G
19/10 09:00 FAR – ISL B, 11:00 DEN – NOR B, 13:00 DEN – FAR G, 15:00 NOR – ISL G, 17:00 NOR – ISL B, 19:00 DEN – FAR B
20/10 09:00 3rd place G, 11:00 3rd place B, 13:30 Final G, 15:30 Final B
The second post-pandemic tournament is the under-age U19 volleyball competition in Rovaniemi, Finland on October 29th-31st. As per today, all NEVZA members will participate in the girls’ tournament, and all but GRL in the boys’ tournament. So it will be a tough match schedule in during the three days of competition. Match schedule is still to be decided.
Moving on into 2022, we look forward to see the Nations Champions Cup in a new format, a beach volleyball tour and under-age tournaments, and homologated snow volleyball national championships leading to participation in the EuroVolley. Several other initiatives are in the planning phase, therefore we can look forward to an interesting volleyball year withing NEVZA and Europe.
Sunday saw the climax of a brilliant three days of volleyball as the National Volleyball Centre (NVC) hosted the NEVZA Under 19 Championships.
Teams came from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden to compete and superb peformances from the England teams capped an excellent tournament.
Sweden took gold in the men’s tournament, while Denmark took the women’s title. Both finals were classics as the winning teams recovered from two sets down to take the glory.
England meanwhile achieved a brilliant bronze in the men’s draw, while the women fell agonisingly short of a medal as they put on a superb performance.
This year was the second consecutive year the NVC has hosted made a great success of hosting the NEVZA Under 19 championships. An army of volunteers gave up their time to help and without them it wouldn’t have been such an excellent event.
See Nevza Super Sevens teams here
And here you can find the results and statistics from this tournament
Dream Team Boy´s at U17 Nevza Championships in Ikast Denmark 2017
Dream Team Girl´s at U17 Nevza Championships in Ikast Denmark 2017
Here you can find all results